Being the leader in the clubhouse is a mixed blessing. You've left your marker out on the course, and now everybody gets to take a shot at beating you. It all worked out fine for I'll Have Another in 2012.
The connections for Brown Almighty have been planning their colt's dirt debut for months now, and on Jan. 21 their wait will be over when the colt makes his start in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
If trainer Doug O'Neill had his way, dual classic winner I'll Have Another would be named 2012's Horse of the Year when the Eclipse Award winners are announced Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Odds-on favorite Goldencents got his start on the Triple Crown trail off to a solid start with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
The Triple Crown season at Santa Anita Park begins Jan. 5 with the Sham Stakes (gr. III) led by Goldencents, recent winner of the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) and runner-up in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I).
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With morning line pick Private Zone scratching out of the $150,000 Zia Park Derby Dec. 1 in New Mexico, Alsvid becomes the likely favorite in the field of eight remaining sophomores.
Goldencents went wire-to-wire in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III) at Delta Downs Nov. 17, setting quick early fractions and responding with something more to hold off a late run from 9-5 favorite Bern Identity.
Lenny and Steve live at Churchill Downs, including who looks good, D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert, an interview with Doug O'Neill, trainer of I'll Have Another, and Derby picks. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Goldencents and Bern Identity are among the major players in the $1 million test.
Mark Verge, hired to oversee Santa Anita Park as chief executive officer in March, has stepped down.
He's Had Enough could make O'Neill's year even better in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Doug O'Neill discusses Breeders' Cup horses such as Handsome Mike and Richard's Kid. watch video
Dual classic winner I'll Have Another is adjusting well to his new home at Big Red Farm in Japan, according to Terence Collier.
Invaders from California and England journey to Belmont for major 2-year-old test.
Comma to the Top and Mensa Heat, one-two finishers last out in the Pirate's Bounty Stakes, get a Sept. 28 rematch in the Eddie D. Stakes (formerly Morvich, gr. IIIT) on opening day at Santa Anita for the 2012 autumn meet.
J. Paul Reddam's Handsome Mike staged a Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) shocker at Parx Racing Sept. 22, taking the $1 million event at odds of 19-1.
Know More, who won the Best Pal Stakes in his debut, is another promising 2-year-old sired by Lion Heart, who now resides in Turkey.
Leading TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) contender Richard's Kid was sold privately Aug. 18 and has been transferred from the barn of Bob Baffert to Leandro Mora and Doug O'Neill a week before the renewal of the $1 million race.
J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill have been known to take their chances, and their latest paid off when first-time starter Know More surged late to prevail in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 5 at Del Mar.
Five other contenders line up for their shot at a $1 million purse, joining the Bob Baffert trainee in trying to bring excitement to a summer season lacking major 3-year-old stars.
Derby and Preakness-winning jockey joins O'Neill and Reddam again for $1 million race July 29 at Monmouth Park.
A review of the medications administered I'll Have Another between the Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I) are consistent with the veterinary treatment of most racehorses, according to three licensed veterinarians.
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill said he will drop his appeal of a 45-day suspension in California stemming from a carbon dioxide overage in one of his horses in 2010 and will serve the suspension Aug. 19-Sept. 27.
- By Steve Haskin
The following guest blog was written by I'll Have Another's owner Paul Reddam in response to some of the concerns of the public regarding the colt's injury and retirement. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
On Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner bid farewell to racing and America, his place in history no more than an unfinished symphony. read blog
I'll Have Another, winner of the first two jewels of the 2012 Triple Crown, will be paraded between races July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
With the Triple Crown behind him, trainer Doug O'Neill seems more determined than ever to fight a 45-day suspension for an elevated level of total carbon dioxide in a horse he raced at Del Mar in 2010.
In spite of the roller coaster ride he's been on with I'll Have Another over the past two months, trainer Doug O'Neill was right back to work at his Befair Hollywood Park stable office at 7 a.m. the morning after the Belmont.
Images from the news conference announcing the retirement of I'll Have Another. View Slideshow
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss the Belmont Stakes, including an interview with Chad Brown, trainer of Belmont contender Street Life, and the picks for the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
I'll Have Another's injury is minor, like an ankle sprain, but would have required up to a year to return to racing, which could have hurt his value as a stallion prospect.
Paul Reddam, owner of I'll Have Another, announces the colt's retirement on June 8. Watch Video
Owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill announced June 8 that I'll Have Another has been retired due to a tendon injury, his quest for the Triple Crown ended a day before his scheduled start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
I'll Have Another's status for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is in doubt. Trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Fri., June 8.
A congested detention barn for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) horses led trainer Doug O'Neill to send I'll Have Another out for an early jog and gallop June 8.
When I'll Have Another attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history June 9 in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), he will be bucking more than the 34-year gap since the last one.
Doug O'Neill, Mario Gutierrez and Dale Romans discuss the Belmont Stakes. watch video
Jockey Mario Gutierrez appeared calm and collected at a June 7 press briefing, noting that he had galloped horses around Belmont Park that morning and would ride in the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) the day before the Belmont.
I'll Have Another gets another outside draw, post 11 of 12, for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The son of Flower Alley bids to become racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown in the "Test of the Champion" June 9.
The move of all horses entered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to Barn 2 at Belmont Park was an orderly process June 6, with 4-5 morning-line favorite I'll Have Another the last to arrive just a few minutes past noon.
Trainer Doug O'Neill said June 5 that he was holding off on relocating I'll Have Another to the barn set aside for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) horses at Belmont Park and that the move would now be made June 6.
Taking in the Manhattan skyline from atop the Empire State Building, Mario Gutierrez was a long way from his small hometown near Veracruz, Mexico.
Steve Haskin reports the news of the day, including the stakes barn action, and horses on the track on June 5, including I'll Have Another, Street Life, Dullahan, Paynter, and more. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Doug O'Neill updates I'll Have Another's status on June 5, 2012, as preparations continue for the Belmont Stakes. Watch Video
Marathoner Birdrun is entered for a repeat chance in the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II). Redeemed is the 5-2 morning-line choice for the June 5 feature, run at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance: one lap around 'Big Sandy.'
Steve Haskin talks with Dale Romans about his Belmont contender Dullahan. watch video
HRTV has scheduled 13 hours of programming, beginning with the June 6 post position draw, surrounding this year's June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Doug O'Neill said I'll Have Another, who is seeking to win the elusive Triple Crown in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will relocate Tuesday, June 5, to the barn set aside for Belmont contenders.
The first round of nominations for the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) have risen for a third consecutive year.
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